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These upcoming ProRodeo Hall of Fame events are all open to the public. Reservations are required for some events. To be added to our mailing list call 719-528-4732. Additional information about each event will be added as they become available.

May 1, 2016 – August 31, 2016 – Museum switches to summer hours. We will be open seven days a week 9am-5pm.

2016 Western Heritage Event Schedule


July 23, 2016 – National Day of the American Cowboy

August 4, 2016 – 29th Annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament & Fundraiser (reservations required by calling 719-528-4732)

August 5, 2016 – Cowboy Ball (reservations required by calling 719-528-4732)

August 5, 2016 – MUSEUM CLOSES AT NOON

August 6, 2016 – Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony and the Commissioner’s Classic Team Roping

November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving Day, MUSEUM IS CLOSED

November 28, 2016 – 9th Annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala at the South Point Hotel & Casino

December 9, 2016 – 30th Annual Spurs & Spikes Golf Tournament & Fundraiser

December 24 & 25, 2016 – Christmas Eve and Day, MUSEUM IS CLOSED

December 31, 2016 & January 1, 2017 – New Years Eve and Day, MUSEUM IS CLOSED


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Five world champs highlight 2016 ProRodeo Hall of Fame class

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Five world champions representing gold buckles earned in four different decades headline the 2016 induction class for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.2016-collage-2

The world champions include Dave Appleton (all-around, 1988), Arnold Felts (steer roping, 1981), John Quintana (bull riding, 1972), Jerold Camarillo (team roping, 1969) and Bud Linderman (bareback riding, 1945). Also voted in by the selection committee were rodeo notable Myrtis Dightman, announcer Phil Gardenhire, renowned steer wrestling horse Scottie, celebrated saddle bronc horse and sire Gray Wolf, and committees for Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo and the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo.

They will be enshrined Aug. 6 during ceremonies in the sculpture garden adjacent to the Hall. The induction week will kick off with the 29th annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament on Aug. 4, the Cowboy Ball on Aug. 5, and then culminates with the Induction Ceremonies and the Commissioner’s Classic Team Roping competition on Aug. 6.

“I’m honored, and I’m almost speechless,” Camarillo said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Camarillo followed his 1969 world championship by winning the average at the 1975 National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was the first in the family – he grew up roping with older brother Leo and cousin Reg – to win a gold buckle.

“My brother and other guys who are in the Hall told me I’d be next and that I deserved to be in there,” said Camarillo, who turned 69 April 1.

The Camarillo brothers learned to rope from their father, Ralph, a champion roper in California rodeos before he turned to raising stock.

“He made us what we are,” Camarillo said.

Jerold is 15 months younger than Leo Camarillo, a 1979 ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee and a five-time world champion (team roping, 1972-73, 1975, 1983; all-around, 1975).

Appleton, an Australian-born cowboy, was a standout bareback rider and saddle bronc rider. His talents helped him reach the ultimate pinnacle of rodeo success when he won the 1988 all-around championship. He defeated reigning three-time all-around champ Lewis Field by $644 to claim the coveted title with $121,546. He also became the first Australian-born cowboy to win a PRCA world championship.

Appleton also won the 1988 National Finals Rodeo bareback riding average and finished second in the world standings.

“To be able to get a phone call to say you’re going into the (ProRodeo) Hall of Fame, when your quest was to win a gold buckle, it doesn’t get much better than that,” said Appleton, a native of Queensland, Australia. “It’s just pretty damn awesome. I’m flattered. I’m honored and I’m humbled.”

Appleton qualified for the NFR in bareback riding eight times (1982-88, 1990) and three times in saddle bronc riding (1984-86), highlighted by him winning the NFR saddle bronc riding average crown in ’86.

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